Tour operators and airlines have joined forces with the UK Foreign Office in a crackdown on booze tourism in Majorca and Ibiza ahead of travel restrictions being relaxed.
An awareness campaign is being launched to inform holidaymakers about new restrictions which limit alcohol on all-inclusive package deals and restrict the sale of alcohol in shops.
Tough laws outlawing binge drinking have been in place for resorts like Magaluf and Playa de Palma in Majorca and San Antonio in Ibiza since 2020. But Covid restrictions have limited the numbers of tourists from the UK since the start of the pandemic.
The rules state that alcohol consumption in all-inclusive hotels in Magalluf, Playa de Palma and Sant Antono is limited to a specific number of drinks during mealtimes and alcohol will not be available to purchase in stores between 9.30pm and 8am.
Tour operators, such as easyJet Holidays, have already issued reminders about the crackdown, while travel body Abta has partnered with the UK Foreign Office ahead of changes in travel testing regulations from February 11, which is expected to signal a rush of visitors to the region.
Officials are keen to stamp out any potential disorder among British tourists, which has made headlines in previous years. Penalties for drunken behaviour include fines ranging from 6,000 to 60,000 euros and closure orders for premises.
The objective is to inform the British market of the current regulations on excess tourism and the full range of sanctions ahead of the summer season.
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The regional executive of the Balearic Islands government stated: “The Government’s commitment is clear and there is plenty of excess tourism in the islands.”
Ryanair, Jet2, easyJet and TUI UK have already announced increases in Majorca bookings for the summer.
The Foreign Office states: “Some local councils in Spain have banned the consumption of alcohol in the street and on-the-spot fines may be issued. There are strict controls on drinking in public places, including beaches.”